Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO

Sept. 16, 2010

A grassroots movement, spearheaded by five Davison Township residents, is hoping to take some of what was learned in consolidation of services talks over the past year and explore it further. The group is an offshoot of residents who took part in a symposium in June – hosted by the Engineering Society of Detroit Institute and the Prima Civitas Foundation – to explore the consolidation of services between the city of Davison and Davison Township.

Thanks to a grant from an area garden club and members of the Davison United Methodist Church, the Veteran’s Memorial on the grounds of the Davison Township offices, now has a fountain. The Mid-Michigan Pond and Water Garden Club donated $1,600 to the township for a fountain at the memorial, located on the west side of the building at 1280 N. Irish Rd. Along with that money came another $300 donated by the Davison United Methodist Church prayer group.

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 13, 1995

Davison Township may join the ranks of Richfield Township and many other Michigan communities and implement a special assessment to help pay for police protection. The township board on Monday scheduled two public hearings for Wednesday, Sept. 27, as part of the procedure to designate the township as a special assessment district. Supervisor Don Parks said the action was being taken at this time to generate necessary funding for police and to minimize the cost to residents.

The Davison Cardinal cagers split a pair of games last week, carrying momentum from a Tuesday victory into Wednesday game, but unable to sustain it. Traveling to Lapeer West, the Cards kept within close distance to the Panthers and used a 22-12 run in the fourth quarter to overcome a five-point deficit and take the lead.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 16, 1970

A full-scale survey of Davison traffic problems, including recommended solutions, will be conducted in the city as a public service by the Automobile Club of Michigan, according to Charles Maupin, Auto Club’s Flint division manager. The study, which begins Monday, will include an analysis of traffic accidents and evaluation of the adequacy of the existing street system and traffic control devices in use.

Last year the Davison Cardinals had quite a season as they came off a dismal 2-6-1, 1968 record to post an 8-1 mark and win the Big Nine title outright. For his coaching efforts, Ed Shears, head coach of the Cards, was awarded the “Coach of the Year” award in the Big Nine and the team enjoyed its finest season since 1964. Last year’s team was termed by many as a comeback, a true statement. This year, however, the defending champions have another comeback facing them. Loss of some key personnel left gaping holes on both the offense and defense.

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 10, 1920

A local electrician thinks it would be well for the Davison Index to inform its readers to be careful in handling switches when turning on the new electric current. Keep your hands off any exposed wires. The old direct current was magnetic, and one occasionally received a light shock from it; the new current is repellant in its action and must be handled with caution. Seer that switches and push buttons are all properly secure with no chance of short circuit.

I hereby warn all trespassers to keep out of my melon patch and off from my premises, and parties trespassing are liable to serious injury as I will protect my property to the limit of the law. Three trespassers on recent nights are known and are warned to keep off the lot and play safe. — Wm. Walterhouse. — Compiled by Gary Gould from the files of the Davison Index